Thursday, April 21, 2011

Missionary Wednesday?!

Well, I've been trying to figure out how to write this and be "politically correct," but I don't think I can so I'm just gonna write it and let the chips fall where they may.

I will no longer be forwarding Aimee's emails to everyone that requested or that she requested for them to be sent. My reason is simply to help her be more focused on what she is suppose to be doing...serving the Vietnamese people, the Lord, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are ready to hear the word. When I have forwarded the emails to everyone, she has gotten a few replies that are not encouraging. Quite frankly, they are judgemental, harsh, critical and sometimes down right mean to her. I won't stand for it any longer!! I realize that she is going to come up against critisism and harsh times, but she shouldn't be hearing it from people who have professed to be her friends and family. I will, however, post updates here on our blog, but not post her emails.

Being on a mission is tough, hard, and challenging. You hear all kinds of things from non-believers, doors slammed in your face, told you are going to Hell, and sometimes even spit at. Sometimes you don't get along with your companion, you might argue with the other missionaries, there are different personalities place in very small places. Every missionary that has ever served or will ever serve can say that they have had the perfect companion EVERY time or gotten along with EVERY companion/missionary that they have encountered...if they profess that they are lying. Not even married people get along ALL of the time, there are going to be differing opinions!

So with that all being said, I'm sorry that it has had to come to this, but something HAD to be said about it.

On a good note. Aimee is doing well, she has been training a new sister the past couple of weeks, had a couple of baptisms, planned a wedding, and become a senior companion. She is loving her mission because she has met wonderful people who do the best they can with what they have, seen some beautiful things, taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are ready to hear, had a few disappointments, grown tramendously, and has had her testimony strengthened.

It's hard to believe that she is 1/3 of the way done with her mission, just one more year!!! We are so proud of her! She is a great example to her family, especially her sisters. We love her and miss her greatly!!!

6 comments:

HDJ said...

I don't know what kind of dummys would speak ill to the Lord's annointed. It is so ridiculous! I am sorry that people can be stupid-Aimee is doing awesome and I am so happy for her! My mission was the best of times and the worst of times so she doesn't need anyone bringing her dowm!

Amber said...

i know i'll be missing her letters. i wait to read them every week. but thanks for being a good mom and standing up for her sake. it seems to me like she's having a hard time just like every other missionary out there has had their hard times too. but she's a tough girl and she has a testimony. she's been through tough stuff before. she can do it again. :) give her my love and tell her to hang in there and we all love her over on the flindt's side of the world. :)

Christy said...

Wow, Pam I can't believe I missed so much this month (I read blogs about every 3 weeks or so but I couldn't find your blog link last time). So sad that you can't post your missionary letters. Some people try to be "helpful" and just plain aren't. I will miss the wonderful and uplifting letters of your very cute and wonderful missionary daughter, but will look forward to your updates.

The Vestel's said...

Darn it...I loved reading her letters!! I myself never went on one, nor my husband (being converts and all) and was living vicariously thru the letters. but i do understand...

The Page Family said...

I am sorry to hear she is getting he wrong kind of "help" while she is doing what she has been called to do. Missions can be hard enough without all the extra added drama. Like everyone has said, I too will miss her letters. Tell her we love her, are VERY proud of her and to keep her chin up and smile!

The Christensen Family said...

It's sad... I am sorry to hear that Aimee's letters can't be shared anymore to those that love her and support her. It's to bad that others have to spoil it for the "good" ones. We respect your choice and love you dearly. We love Aimee and support her as well. Having a son on a mission, I know exactly how your feeling.